Have you heard about the latest crisis? No, not that one, a different one. It’s a crisis that is so severe, people are getting their heads bent into pretzels over crises of which they actually know nothing about. It’s the crisis of crises.
If you’re confused, you’re not alone. So am I. I’ve noticed that over the past few years, but in the past year in particular, all I’ve heard about are crises. Issues that used to be just “issues” are now full blown “crises” that requires the input and insight of every person who has a distant, unknown relative that is somehow connected to this “crisis.”
Do you ever speak to someone on the street? Do you have a family member you sometimes talk to? Do you have a keyboard and an internet connect or the ability to write a letter and mail it? Perfect, we are looking for you and your deep knowledge of an issue you didn’t know existed until yesterday. That’s pretty much the attitude we have nowadays. Why? Beats me.
It all boils down to what I noted earlier: we have a “crisis” crisis. Anytime an issue pops up it is immediately labeled a crisis that requires a whole-of-community response and every Joe Shmoe to give their opinion, as if their pearls of wisdom are important, relevant, or anyway needed or beneficial to the conversation.
The facts, however, are simple and straightforward: yes, there are many issues that come up all the time. And of course that’s what happens – the frum Lakewood community alone numbers near 100,000. There will be issues that arise, there will be issues that need to be addressed; that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a crisis, nor does it mean that it has to be a matter of public discussion and debate.
All we are doing with labeling everything a “crisis” is getting ourselves worked up for no reason and conditioning ourselves to be on a constant lookout for the next crisis we can make a ruckus about. We are teaching ourselves that lurching from crisis to crisis is a way of life. It isn’t. Issues come up, issues are taken care of. Live your life and ignore the chatter.
And no, I am not referring to any specific so-called crisis. There are so many “crises” nowadays that you can pick and choose which ones are truly crises and which are just issues.
Is the “crisis” crisis truly a crisis or merely an “issue”? You can decide for yourself.
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